Derek and Clive was a double act of comedic characters created
by Dudley Moore (Derek) and Peter Cook (Clive) in the 1970s. The performances
were captured on the records Derek and
Clive (Live) (1976), Derek and Clive
Come Again (1977), and Derek and
Clive Ad Nauseum (1978), as well as in a film documentary, Derek and Clive get the Horn (1979).A greatest hits Album containing some
previously unreleased material, called Rude & Rare: The Best of Derek
and Clive, was released in 2011. The characters are foul-mouthed extensions
of the earlier characters Pete and Dud.
Considered highly offensive by many at the time, the sketches primarily took
the form of bizarre, sometime drunken streams of consciousness led by Cook,
with interjections from Moore.
Memorable moments from the records include Clive claiming that the worst job he
ever had was retrieving Lobsters from Jayne Mansfield’s ar*ehole, Derek
claiming his worst job was cleaning up Winston Churchill's bogeys (leading the
pair to conclude that the Titanic was
one such bogey), Clive claiming that he was sexually aroused by the sight of a
deceased Pope lying in state, and a horse-racing 'commentary' featuring horses
named after sexual organs or their vulgarised derivatives.
Though the recordings were far too crude for a mainstream audience, Derek
and Clive bootleg recordings circulated. They were mostly unscripted dialogues
incorporating copious swearing - including frequent use of the word "C*nt".